Zambia national team defender Elijah Tana has now been ruled out of this Saturday 2008 Africa Cup Group 11 qualifier against Chad.
Tana, of UAE club Al Jazeera, has failed to recover from a calf injury he sustained on June 2 during Zambia’s 3-0 win over Congo-Brazzaville in another Group 11 clash played at Konkola stadium in Chililabombwe.
He is the second player confirmed not fit for this weekends match together with Nkana FC utility player Mark Sinyangwe who has a back injury.
Taking Tana’s place will be Lusaka Dynamos and Zambia Under 23 defender Hichani Himoonde who was called up last week.
Himoonde came on in Zambia’s 1-1 away draw against Tanzania in an international last Saturday on June 9 in Dar es Salaam in the 15th minute after Zanaco defender Kennedy Nkethani was sent-off.
Meanwhile Zambia returned home from Tanzania yesterday, Sunday at 17:00hrs and today trained in Lusaka on their way to Chililabombwe on Tuesday.
Coach Patrick Phiri is also expecting midfielder Andrew Sinkala of 2.Bundesliga club Paderborn to join the team on the Copperbelt in the coming days.